Upstairs Downstairs

Re-airing September 30, 2012 on PBS   Check local listings

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When the master of 165 Eaton Place, Sir Hallam Holland, carries his wife across the threshold of their new home, Lady Agnes exclaims with pleasure, "What a ghastly old mausoleum!" Neglect has strewn cobwebs everywhere and furred the surfaces with dust. But with a sumptuous renovation and the help of the indomitable housekeeper Rose Buck (Jean Marsh), the iconic address so beloved in the original series Upstairs Downstairs is soon restored to its former glory.

It's 1936, a tumultuous time in Britain, and within the walls of 165 Eaton Place, characters from an orphanage, a damp Welsh castle, the heart of the British Raj and elsewhere together will face a changing world, not just upstairs and downstairs, but side by side. Written by Heidi Thomas (Cranford, Madame Bovary), Upstairs Downstairs stars co-creators of the original series Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins (Cranford, Bertie and Elizabeth). Also starring are Ed Stoppard (Any Human Heart), Keeley Hawes (Wives and Daughters), and Claire Foy (Little Dorrit).

Upstairs Downstairs Characters
Meet the residents of 165 Eaton Place, learn about the actors who portray them and download a PDF characters guide to use as you watch.

Upstairs Downstairs Tribute
Relive the original series with Alistair Cooke's commentaries, a characters slideshow and reminiscences from Jean Marsh. Then, share your own memories!

Q&A: Production Designer Eve Stewart
See Stewart's design sketches and get insights on making over 165 Eaton Place for the new Upstairs Downstairs.

Video Interview: Eileen Atkins & Jean Marsh
The co-creators of the original Upstairs Downstairs series reflect on the emotions and surprises of returning to 165 Eaton Place.

Video Interview: Keeley Hawes and Ed Stoppard
The Upstairs Downstairs stars talk about their roles and how they were inspired by the original series in making the new one.

Across the Stairs: A Charticle
Everyone in Upstairs Downstairs comes from unique backgrounds, but they aren't so different after all.

Solomon the Monkey
Meet the endearing simian co-star of Upstairs Downstairs!

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